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. the port of new york and new jersey, most of it is on the new jersey side is the mega port of the east coast. 250,000 jobs, 25 billion to $30 billion of economic activity for the nation suffered widespread damage. ships were unloading during the course of the storm, b a full recovery from the damage caused on theorts will take much longer. the storm surge grew to 14 feet, winds were about 90 miles per ho, pore than 700 cargo containers were damaged when the surge and high winds toppled the containers on to another. in thispicture, you can see half of the rt authority barge was lifted on to a berth in red ho hook. in jersey cy, a float was used to move railroad cars broke in half. 150 feet of railroad track was washed away. cargo handling cranes and other pieces of equipment were severely damaged. this is also important to national security issues, in the last background, the only port in bayonne, new jersey was closed, so the use of commercial port for forward projection for the east coast is the port of new york and new jersey. when it cannot operate, it's part of a national security
billion worth of damage to rail subway and port infrastructure in their state. they testified on surface transportation yesterday. >> i call this hearing to order. thank you for joining us, mr. secretary. i asked you to testify today because i'm deeply concerned about the recent report that the f.h.a. could potentially need taxpayer support for the first time in its 78-year history. i would like you to help the committee gain insight into the fiscal challenges at the f.h.a. and what h.u.d. has done and can do to mitigate losses and address the shortfall in the capital reserve ratio. f.h.a. has been helping save lives of the mortgage market by ensuring that qualified lower to moderate income and first time home buyers have access to credit since 1934. since the beginning of the financial crisis, the f.h.a. has increased its market share from below 5% in 2006 to about 30% at its peak volume in 2009, in pursuant of that mission. this cyclical expansion was essential to the mortgage market, especially for first time home buyers who have comprised 78% of single family loans insured by f.h.a.
into with your ships, not any more. so a hydrographic survey, certain port was absolutely mandatory when you have this event. i said to the australian staff, because of that we are closer neighbors right now. here you can see an example that was before the earthquake, the distance of the low tide. and now it's absolutely far away. so some marine small sea life in there absolutely disappeared. that's another effect you can see a lighthouse in there before tsunami and where is the lighthouse in the middle of the island down there after the tsunami. so the bottom is absolutely came up. another example. another effect of -- global effect. because of the change of the mass of the earth, because it moves so it change slightly the configuration, it has an effect in the axis rotation of the globe. it moved 8 centimeters north pole to the east and that means rotation increased 1.26 millions of seconds so you work less because of chili right now, but it's an impact you have to take into account that happened because of that earthquake. here i can show you a set of photographs of the destruction in
in ocean port for 10 years. when word of the storm came, she evacuate it with as many possessions as she could. it is still not clear if her home will be torn down or rebuilt and put on higher stilts, and she does not have the money to do it. the only ones that survived were the ones built on higher stilts, which is why we need resiliency. for now, she is living in fema housing until december. she does not know where she will be after that. she is depending on friends and family. she has a remarkably positive attitude despite it all, which is why new jersey will come back stronger than ever. but if we do not have a robust program, the funding for her to rebuild will not be there. i would like to share these images from union beach, new jersey, where homes, cars, and people's very lives were destroyed. sandy was one of the largest transportation disasters in history. new jersey transit suffer damage to all 12 of its rail lines. miles of track were washed out. hundreds of cars and locomotives were submerged, some suffering irreparable damage. the system that carries 77 million people betwe
amtrak, as well as the port authority to start the regional discussions off. to make sure folks identify and we a process to identify the most cost-effective mitigation efforts. it's going to be critical that the regions, the two states, all the agencies work well together on this. it's really quite possible that if not done correctly, one mitigation investment could worsen the potential damage on a neighboring transit asset. this really needs to be done in a coordinated fashion that bridges all of the local players, all of the local agencies, state and local governments to make sure that the impact of hurricane sandy don't repeat themselves. i see i'm already over my time, so with that, i'll submit the rest of the statement for the record, and thank you. >> thank you, administrator. madam secretary? >> good morning. chairman men endezz, members of the subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify regarding recovery from superstorm sandy. in my roll as deputy assistant secretary for grant programs at h.u.d., i am responsible for the community development program, the cbdg, the c
orleans, pascagula and gulf port, mississippi. we thought we had dodged the bullet and then the levies broke and who would have predicted that there was a sea of humanity in the super dome that basically was in extreme miss? who would have predicted in this day and age we would lose many, many people based on the fact they couldn't be medevacked, that the hospitals themselves had been flooded and the hospital staff was having to carry critically ill patients up to the top floors to avoid the water that was filling in the rooms. who would have predicted that? and were we set up to handle that? and who would have predicted in the early goings there would be civic disorder and civic disobedience and lack of command and control and then the military came there and provided that stability for a while until the civic authorities took over and eventually got things moving in a fairly organized continuum. we learned a tremendous amount of lessons from that, lessons that i hope no other city will ever have to repeat again. but the bottom line is it is so critical at this point to talk about
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ports across the country including here in baltimore. a strike would have crippled operations along the ports. it's reported major steps have been taken toward resolving the on going dispute. >>> carl snow, director of civil rights for the maryland attorney general's office, will retire on january 8th. the ag's office made that announcement friday. this decision comes amid some legal problems for snoweden. he was convicted last month of marijuana possession and has a court date last night. >>> one minute he's out, the next he's back in. the roller coaster ride for morgan state university's president david wilson appears to be over. yesterday the board voted to renew his contract. george lettuce has more. >> david wilson told us he is honored morgan state board of regents renewed his confidence by extending his contract to june 2014. friday's decision comes just a few weeks after the board voted to oust him as president, a situation he blames himself for. >> i'm the president of the institution. and so, as president, the buck stops in the president's office. and so certainly whatever
: a strike that ships down most of the los angeles and long beach port complex for a lot of crucial ships entering the 7th day. it is a serious cause for alarm as in "santa claus." the longer it stays on the ship the less likely it lands on santa's sleigh. explain this. >>guest: right our biggest concern is we have ports shut down. a majority of the holiday merchandise has arrived in the united states right now there is the last big push to get the holiday merchandise to the stores and they are stuck on ships at sea. >>neil: if you don't follow this stuff, if this age of time inventory, retailers do not stack a lost stuff on their shelves, to save money and, also, to respond quickly to what is selling hot and what is not and a lot of this stuff on the ships is pretty hot, what could be affected for people. >>guest: it can be everything from wearing apparel, and consumer electronics, and foot wear, and home goods and folks are actually looking at bringing in spring merchandise so you are looking at patio furniture. >>neil: what would happen to the prices of those goods, then, if they are i
's transit and port authority. >> good morning, welcome everyone to today's hearing, the challenges our region's public transit and housing base as a result superstorm sandy has been addressed -- tough morning. we started with a hearing on the loss of our ambassador from libya. those challenges, just had opening ceremony for senator o inouye line in state and now the devastation the northeast region -- has been a tough day but we appreciate our witnesses being here to shed some light and hopefully some commitment by our colleagues to meeting our challenges. as you all know sandy's destructive force overwhelmed the region particularly in new jersey and new york and the result is massive unprecedented damage, unprecedented but this was our second hurricane in two years and we expect extreme weather like this to become more common for our region. because we need to prepare for the next storm is not enough to spend our time today simply discussing how we restore our housing and transit infrastructure to their vulnerable free storm condition. in my view now is the time to determine what a
headquarters, fort mason, was the fisherman's wharf area was the port of embarkation for the wars in the pacific. just this week we brought in a world war ii 16-inch bottle ship gun to the marine head lands to put it up at battery townsly which would have been the pinnacle of coastal artillery in world war ii. so, we now have a canon or artillery collection that spans in our park that spans from the civil war to the cold war, including a preserve 19-missile base. some of you also know that during the 1906 earthquake, the army assisted greatly in the response to the city's needs. and the public flocked to the open lands at golden gate park and at the presidio, the open areas that they had there. the army provided tents and food for them during that transition period. all of our planning indicates that that probably would happen again if we had a big one. they probably would be coming to the lands that we now manage. so, what is the park services' connection to all of this? we have our centennial of our organization coming up in 2016 in four years, and we feel what we believe are am
, it has an impact anyone who rides the rails for uses projects come from our port. i'm going to be working with this committee to rebuild transportation infrastructure to make it stronger and more resilient. in at least two cases, damaged the superfund sites. the potential releases of toxic pollution into the environment. they cannot do a thorough investigation of the storms in fact on sites throughout the region. today i'm introducing a superfund emergency response act which requires epa to perform an assessment of superfund site following any natural disaster and allows congress to appropriate emergency funding to remediate any damage. the bill will require epa to better protect on-site that are vulnerable to disaster. we've got to remember the super storm sandy in this changing climate are reluctant to your, to look at the changes in global temperature is very difficult to understand. the intensity, chairman more and more common by the opportunity in this community to make sure the northeast recovers every build just that way. all of them have taken an interest here, glad to share what
the school exactly where it was in indiana, we did smart things in terms of rebuilding a port that was smarter than there was before. first and foremost, we have to find ways to not stand in the way of the smart decisions but to encourage them. with whatever money we have, that will allow the money to go farther and be smarter. a second, and you will see what we provide our supplemental request, you will see that we propose to invest in mitigation. we know from studies that for about every dollar that we invest in mitigation, we get $4 back in avoided costs over time. that is something we have to recognize as we go in. the federal government investing in these, and making a specific part of this proposal in each of the areas will be important. i would hope parted the reason the president asked me to do this, i've worked in the private sector in new york and new jersey. behooved there is a real potential here -- there is a real potential here. if we are avoiding future costs, avoiding private sector costs in the future, there should be a way to capitalize the benefits in the fu
of the ports and knowing that deepening needs to be there, he's shown courage when he helped us in the fight against national labor relations board and the unions that tried to take boeing down. he has shown it with his fiscal representation and the fact that he knows the value of a dollar. of he understands what every family and small business goes through, and he has stayed consistent to that. it also shows for the fact that this man loves south carolina. and he is very aware that what he does and every vote he makes affects south carolina and affects our country. and so it was with that that i knew that he was the right person. i have no doubt that he will fly through 2014. i am strongly convinced that i and the entire state will be, the entire state understands that this is the right u.s. senator for our state and for our country. what i will also tell you, and it is very important to me as a minority female that congressman scott earned this seat. he earned in this seat for the person that he is. he earned this seat for the results he has shown. he earned this seat for what i know he's
by the superstar. now, elizabeth macdonald has been up front of the story. >> reporter: being called the port storm. the spending bill for residents of new york and new jersey. let's take a look at some of the wish lists and items in the bill. $41 million for military bases including cuba. 23 million for tree planting, 4 million for sand dunes, $4 million for new cars and office equipment at the fbi. $2 million for a new roof at the smithsonian all the way down to $1 million for treason cemeteries, so here is the debate. did that storm hit d.c. or new york and new jersey? is it the right thing to nationalize the disasters? should you have it at the state -- spinning at the state level and not governed by the federal government? that is the problem. no hearings at on the spending in the spending bill. $60 billion on this is equal to what the tax hike would be in the top 2% bracket. dennis: what are they -- do we have any idea? >> reporter: i have been checking into it. no word. we have an update from the governors of new york, new jersey, and connecticut's and 60 billion went out the door two weeks
are sitting in port this morning. >> reporter: they are idle right now in what's supposed to be the height of the crab fishing season because there is a strike. it's in dispute over price. this is something we saw last year, as well. the season opened back in mid- november and everything looked positive at that time. the problem started on sunday when crabbers heard that fish brokers were going to drop the price of wholesale crab from $3 a pound which they agreed upon down to $1.80. demand after thanksgiving dropped and they are trying to balance supply and demand. now that boats are idle supply is dropping. so we'll have to see when that balance out. some retailers say they have no crab in their tanks right now others are running very, very low. the bays that are taking part in this strike right now fisherman's union here in san francisco, bodega bay and half moon bay. live on fisherman's wharf anne makovec, cbs 5. >>> new this morning, the duchess of cambridge is back home at kensington palace finally. the pregnant kate middleton was released from king edward vii hospital today smiling w
'll certainly remember reprovided a lot of flexibility to do smart thicks in terms rebuilding a port in a way that was smarter than there was before. so first and fore most, we have to find ways not at the federal level to stand in the way of the smart decisions, but encourage them. with whatever money we have, that's going allow the money go farther and to be smarter. second, we will, and you will see when we provide our supplement request for the administration this week with, we propose to invest in mitigation. we know now from studies fema and elsewhere that for about dollar we invest in mid gracious. we get $4 back in avoided cost over time. that's something we have to recognize as we go in. and so the federal government investing in these recognizing the fiscal limit we have but investing in a smart way, making a specific part of this proposal in each of the yours that we go forward focused on mitigation is going to be important. the third i would say i hope part of the president asked you to do this. i worked in the private sector in new york and new jersey. one of the things i know th
experience about how port and insurance business situations? >> absolutely. we've have prepared it this packet were talk about insurance being key. we do make loans for insured or underinsured losses. we'll take an salmon of the insurance policy. there's a lot of lessons learned here, but i don't want to state a specific percentage about nonfactual numbers. we can get that number. >> please. the 108 mendes features you'd be interested is your determination as to how many have insurance at how many different. i'm assuming you would agree that's critical of the amount of insurance they have when people look to the federal government to step in and fill a gap. >> just to clarify that's part of our process. we'll make a loan for $1 in the theater $50,000 of insurance. we will miquelon upfront and reduce the full amount by about 50,000 will make the phone for underinsured losses. >> we also take an assignment on insurance prayers these quakes >> we do when they make it before the insurance is settled. >> that's enough for this round. >> thank you on the senator. let me assure you we
abandon the strategic mississippi river delta which transports more tonnage than any port system in the western hemisphere and produces 1/4 of the country's energy supply, we refuse to abandon the world's most important financial and commercial center. instead we must improve the resiliency of our communities, environment and essential services and vulnerable populations with smart planning and well-designed recovery and rebuilding tools. we have the ability to reduce the consequences of severe weather. by mitigating flood risk through smarter land use guidelines, building codes and flood protection improvements. the state of new york has requested $9 billion for mitigation measures from the administration. the state of new jersey is seeking another $7 billion for the same purpose. i commend governor quomeow and governor christie for -- cuomo and governor christie for including strategic needs in their funding request. both of these leaders have demonstrated inble compassion and concern for the people who they represent and have been highly effective in their leadership since the
ports around this country as well as carriers. it is going to take funding. i would note in the middle class job creation at there is up to $150 million in grant funds available for next generation 911. that is a terrific resource. it is my hope that they will benefit from that. >> you have been an advocate for wireless consumers as they rely exclusively on wireless service. he believes consumers will benefit if the sec exercises authority to promote wireless competition? >> absolutely. competition, there are more opportunities. that is good, especially for lower incomes. i do not take a one size fits all. i believe i should help promote that and to the competitive market standing. >> thank you. >> welcome to the commissioners. let me mention how pleased i am that we are working cooperatively with the industry on the 911 issue. that is what kids use today. they move quicker than we do. the reports that i'm reading, then i like what is going on. we hope we would be working with regulators and the industry to identify it. kudos. i would say keep it up. the goal of this was to do two thin
in participating with us here today. i was pleased to hear jury testimony matches the port of her pending legislation the senate and how you use some of that as a template for trying to take action and initiatives, but you do need to lie. one thing, i know omb -- i don't think they've given you a signoff on providing us with the specifics, but any technical assistance you can provide to the committee so we can improve the public assistance reforms in our bill, we would welcome that. the bill, 2903 over in the senate. we are welcomed to improving that. i heard a couple suggestions here today that we might consider in reform of our reform bill or additions to our reform bill. but we believe that he can hear in the testimony of folks that have experienced problem and a lot of the bill came from members who had experienced problems in their own districts or states, dealing with past storms have the tools that will help you. is that except to vote? can you agree to participate? >> yes, sir, mr. chairman. >> let me jump now to a couple of major questions. one, you indicated we have about $4.8 b
why you can't. i can't tell you how port that is for a young person to not only have dreams, but believe that dreams are possible. if i worry about anything is said to many young americans are training or believe the streams are accessible to them because of circumstances they grow up in. the government has a role to play in that. >> james, and covered her speech last night pointed out the word that was missing from your speech. he didn't mention mitt romney h-hotel three weeks ago was the leader of the party -- is mitt romney going to disappear? >> i hope he's not going to disappeared and i do hope he has a continuing role. >> very few people have done what he's done covering for president and -- >> that's not accurate. he got a lot of those are the truth is he won a lot of states. he did is 49 to one. he won places and has a lot of supporters. but it's also been successful at life. i told him this, too. mitt romney is a role model as a person, father, husband, community leader. he is a lot to offer the republican party. i don't know exactly what that will be, but i'm excit
the gentleman that during the time that his porte was totally in charge of spending, spending increased very substantially. otherwise known as 86% increase from 2001 to 2008 in the national debt. 86%. increase. now under ronald reagan it increased 189%. under this president it's increased 41%. and he confronted the deepest recession as a result of the economic policies in part pursued in the last administration which i did not support and which my party did not support. so if we want to get into this i hear this about spending all the time. we had a pay as you go, bipartisan process in place, put in place by george bush the first and democrats in 1990. in 1993, that pay as you go was continued. in 1997, a deal between mr. gingrich and mr. clinton continued that pay as you go process an for four years in a row, the last four year of the clinton administration, we didn't borrow a single additional nickel to raise the debt limit. we didn't have to. why? because we were paying for what we bought. now republicans were in charge of the house and the senate for part of that time. and so they deserv
the cost. the states cut back on services for these people, and the disabled and the port will go without health care. your idea is not going to succeed. that was one of the issues of the presidential campaign, and you lost. we have medicaid. let's accept that fact. you are running the programs, you ought to be supporting the program are running. the medicaid expansion of the affordable care act is a step forward for the health-care system that will improve the lives of tens of millions of americans. the expansion will reduce care costs in states around the country and will provide states with extremely generous enhanced match rate from the federal government. we crafted this piece of the affordable care act to ensure medicaid expansion would not only be good for americans health but for the health of state budgets. a new report from the kaiser family foundation shows just how beneficial the expansion will be two states around the country. the report found over the next decade with the federal government paying for well over 90% of the cost, arkansas will reduce the uninsured population b
, the ports and bridges and trains that would have been less safe had he not been there to move legislation that strengthened them. but danny will be remembered far beyond his many tangible achievements. he will live on through the values that he embodied and spread, through the principles he stood up for and shared, through his family who loved him dearly, through the people who will never forget his advocacy, through the country he sacrificed so much for, and of course through all of us who are forever better simply for having served with the greatest senator of all, senator dan inouye. thank you, mr. president. i yield the floor. mr. president. mr. president, before i yield the floor, i would ask unanimous consent for -- i have four unanimous consent requests for committees to meet during today's session of the senate. they have the approval of the majority and minority leaders, and i ask unanimous consent these requests be agreed to and be printed in the record. the presiding officer: without objection. mrs. murray: thank you, mr. president. i do yield the floor. mr. isakson: mr. presid
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